Master of Science in Information Security

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The Master of Science in Information Security degree (M.S. InfoSec) combines the interdisciplinary strengths of computing and policy in order to explore the impact of information security on our lives, private citizens' concern for privacy, information security risks to business and government, and the impact of laws and public policy.

Offered by the College of Computing, in collaboration with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, the M.S. InfoSec operates in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security & Privacy, a National Security Agency Center of Excellence in Information Assurance.

Interested in this degree? Go ahead and apply or learn more about admissions requirements and the program of study.

Admission Requirements

Students must apply to M.S. InfoSec through the College of Computing.

Admission to the M.S. InfoSec degree program is highly selective. The statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, GPA, and prior courses of study are all reviewed carefully. We welcome additional pertinent information that will aid in making objective and informed decisions. A strong background in computer science, including C programming and discrete math, is highly recommended for all applicants.

The application deadline is February 1 for admission to the following fall semester.

Application Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree in computer science or equivalent
  • Completion of the online application.
  • Receipt of three recommendation letters
  • Scores from the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. Applicant scores are expected to be at least 160 in Verbal, 160 in Quantitative, and 3.5 in the Analytical sections before the applicant is considered for admission to the Information Security program.
  • The desirable minimum GPA is 3.5 (4-point scale) or 8.75 (10-point scale), though most candidates score higher.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for candidates from non-English speaking countries who have not studied in the United States for at least one year. The minimum accepted score is 100 for the Internet-based TOEFL exam; most candidates, however, are well above this score.

A student who is enrolled in another graduate program at Georgia Tech may pursue a M.S. InfoSec while that student is also pursuing his or her degree in the other major. To be granted permission to pursue the M.S. InfoSec, a student must submit to the Graduate Student Affairs Office in the School of Computer Science the material required for admission to the M.S. InfoSec program. This includes original transcripts, letters of recommendation, and GRE General Test. If the student is approved by the Information Security Admissions Chair to pursue the degree, the student will be notified in writing. At no time will a student outside the College be allowed to pursue a concurrent degree without prior permission of the School of Computer Science.

Program of Study

The Master of Science in Information Security program requires a total of 32 semester hours. Explore your path as an M.S. InfoSec student in our Program of Study.